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Pakistan revisits ties with Saudi Arabia to revive its crumbling economy

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan is trying to mend its ties with Saudi Arabia in order to get financial help to revive its crumbling economy.While Pakistan has hailed its ‘brotherly’ relations with Saudi Arabia, it is evident that its new ‘brotherhood’ with Saudi Arabia comes at a time when Pakistan is on the brink of a financial crisis, according to the Times of Israel. “The Pakistani economy has been faltering, with an imminent balance of payment crisis and the country increasingly dependent on external debts to stay afloat. Given its inability to negotiate with the International Monetary Fund for release of USD 1 billion,” wrote Sergio Restelli, an analyst for the Times of Israel.Despite this, Saudi Arabia has pledged financial assistance package which includes about $ US 3 billion in deposits and $ 1.2 billion to USD 1.5 billion worth of oil supplies on deferred…

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Pakistan’s Awami National Party slams Imran Khan government after funds earmarked by Korean bank lapse

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan’s Awami National Party on Monday slammed the Imran Khan government for showing disinterest in Dir Expressway Developmental Project.The remarks came from ANP spokesperson and former senator Zahid Khan, who claimed that 90 million dollars earmarked by a Korean bank for construction of 120 kilometres Chakdara to Dir expressway had lapsed due to disinterest of the incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, reported The News International. “Korean bank had taken back 90 million dollars it had provided during the previous government of PML-N for the construction of 120 kilometres Chakdara to Dir expressway,” he informed media persons.In previous months, Dir Qaami Pasoon (DQP), a non-political organisation working for the uplift of Dir had also demanded the government to take practical steps for initiating and completing development projects in the district reported Pakistan newspaper Dawn News.Speaking at a press conference at Timergara Press Club,…

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Widespread demolition move in Karachi only a scheme to make it China’s town: Altaf Hussain

London [UK]: Muttahidda Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain has said that properties of Mohajirs in Karachi are being demolished to make room for China to convert Karachi into a remote Satellite colony of Punjab and to accommodate China in the region. The government of Pakistan has entered into an agreement with China in this regard. As per the agreement, the Pakistan military would help China in demolishing buildings in Karachi for new construction and Karachi will become a satellite state of Punjab like Hong Kong.Hussain made the revelation in his telephonic address to the Mohajir nation. He strongly condemned the Supreme Court’s orders for the demolition of the Nasla Tower, a residential project in Karachi. The demolition of properties of Mohajirs in Karachi on the order of the country’s apex court judge on Pakistan military’s orders is a sheer manifest of economic carnage…

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Riots erupt in Pak’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over reports of Quran desecration

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa [Pakistan]: At least one man was injured in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after riots broke out over reports about the burning of the Holy Quran at a mosque on Sunday.The incident took place in Tangi tehsil of Charsadda district where police resorted to firing in the air and teargas shelling to disperse an unruly mob that vandalised a police station, Dawn newspaper reported. The report said that protestors destroyed the area’s main police station, four posts and several residential quarters of police.According to the report, the enraged protesters broke into the compound of the police station, set on fire at least 17 vehicles parked there.The person who had allegedly torched the Quran was apparently mentally deranged, adding that the accused was immediately taken into custody and shifted to an unknown location, Dawn reported quoted the Police. “Apparently, the accused is mentally unstable…

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Pakistan: Poll panel asks police chief to submit report on ‘vote purchasing’ in Lahore

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Sunday directed the Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) to submit a report on the alleged ‘purchase of votes’ in Lahore.This came after videos posted, circulated on social media showed a scene where votes are purchased for money. As reported by Samaa TV, one of the videos shows what appears to be a party office of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz. (PML-N) The video went viral a few days before Lahore’s NA-133 by-polls that are scheduled to take place on December 5.As per the purported video, people sitting behind the desk could be seen making women pledge that they would vote for the PMLN in the December 5 by-polls.“I swear with my hand on the Quran that on the fifth date [of December] I would vote for Muslim League Noon [PMLN],” repeats each of the women…

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Pakistan has not achieved its potential due to a lack of rule of law, admits Imran Khan

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday admitted that the country has not achieved its potential due to a lack of rule of law in the country.In an exclusive online conversation with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf aired Sunday, Prime Minister said that the elite captured Pakistan’s resources and the absence of rule of law had not only deprived the majority of the people of basic amenities but also kept the country from achieving its immense potential, according to The News International. “The problem was the elite capture of resources which deprived the majority of proper healthcare, education and justice… Lack of rule of law is the reason why Pakistan had not achieved its potential,” he said today.“Merit is also associated with rule of law. If you do not have a meritocracy in a society, you have this elite which is spoiled, rich and…

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Pakistan records 303 cases, 5 deaths amid ‘Omicron’ threat

Islamabad, [Pakistan] : Amid the global threat of a new COVID variant ‘Omnicron’, Pakistan has reported over 303 COVID-19 cases and five more people have succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours on Sunday, taking the death toll to 28,709.According to Pakistan’s National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), coronavirus has claimed five more lives in the country during the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 28,709. “Statistics 28 Nov 21: Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 36,979 Positive Cases: 303 Positivity %: 0.81% Deaths : 5 Patients on Critical Care: 946,” NCOC tweeted.A total of 36,979 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, out of which 303 turned out to be positive, showing an infection rate of 0.81 per cent.At present, 946 critical patients have been admitted to hospitals across the country, the NCOC said.On Saturday, Federal Planning Minister…

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Pakistan restricts travel from 6 South African nations, Hong Kong over new COVID-19 variant

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan on Saturday restricted travel from six southern African nations and Hong Kong amid rising concerns over the newly detected variant of COVID-19.Taking to Twitter, Pakistan Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar on Saturday said , “the emergence of new variant makes it even more urgent to vaccinate all eligible citizens 12 years and older”, Dawn reported. “Based on the emergence of the new covid variant, notification has been issued to restrict travel from 6 south African countries and Hong Kong. The emergence of new variant makes it even more urgent to vaccinate all eligible citizens 12 years and older,” Umar tweeted.The new Omicron variant, which has been detected first in South Africa, has escalated tensions across the world as it is considered more dangerous than the delta variant.It has been declared as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health…

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Mumbai Terror Attack: India asks Pakistan to expedite trial in 26/11 attacks

New Delhi [India]: India summoned a senior Pakistani High Commission diplomat on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks anniversary and reiterated its call for an expeditious trial in the terror case. The Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement issued on Friday, said a note verbale was handed over to the senior diplomat calling on the Government of Pakistan to abide by its commitment to not allow territories under its control for terrorism against India. “Senior diplomat from the High Commission of Pakistan in India was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs today. A Note Verbale reiterating India’s call for an expeditious trial in the Mumbai terror attacks case, and calling on the Government of Pakistan to abide by its commitment to not allow territories under its control for terrorism against India was handed over to him, the MEA statement read. On the 13th anniversary…

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Pakistan police arrest four for ‘blasphemy’ after argument with religious cleric

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistani police have arrested four men charged with blasphemy following an argument with a religious cleric, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday.Media reports say that the arrest was made in the eastern city of Lahore after an argument about whether a funeral announcement for a Christian neighbour could be made from a mosque. The report said that the four men were charged under sections 295 and 298 of Pakistan’s penal code, which carry penalties of up to two years in prison.The case occurred in the village near Lahore on November 18, Al Jazeera reported citing a local police official Faryad. “The men have been detained and we have presented them before the court,” he said.According to the police report, the men argued with a local cleric after he refused to make a funeral announcement for a Christian man from his mosque.Nadeem Anthony, human…

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Pakistan reports 363 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths in last 24 hrs

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan reported 363 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, taking the cumulative caseload to 1,283,223, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Thursday.The death toll reached 28,690 after 13 people have lost lives in the last 24 hours, reported Xinhua citing NCOC. Additionally, 1,002 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition. Reportedly, Pakistan’s southern Sindh province has been facing the brunt of the pandemic and is the worst hit, with a total of 474,772 cases. Sindh is followed by the eastern Punjab province of Pakistan where a total of 442,714 people have been infected by COVID-19, reported Xinhua.As per NCOC, the total number of recoveries in the country has reached 1,240,995, reported Xinhua citing NCOC.

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Death threat e-mails received by Gambhir traced to Pak

New Delhi [India] : Two e-mails threatening to kill former Indian cricketer and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) MP Gautam Gambhir were sent from Pakistan, Delhi Police sources said on Thursday.According to the sources, the account handler has been identified as Sahid Hamid. The BJP MP had said that he had received two death threats via e-mails within 24 hours from “ISIS Kashmir”.“We are going to kill you and your family,” read the first threat e-mail received from ‘ISIS Kashmir’.The second threat mail read, “We intended to kill you, but you survived yesterday. If you love the life of your family, stay away from politics and the Kashmir issue.”Following the threats, security has been beefed up outside Gambhir’s residence.The senior officials of Delhi Police have also informed that Gambhir’s complaint was marked to the Cyber Cell of the Special Cell to know the source of…

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Pakistan: Imran Khan orders inquiry against senior bureaucrat for mocking PTI govt

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the government authorities to undertake an inquiry against a senior joint secretary of the Cabinet Division for mocking the Pakistan Tareek-e-Insaf (PTI) government on social media.According to a statement of allegations issued by Pakistan’s Establishment Division on Monday, BS-21 officer Hammad Shamimi had posted a comment on social media that was tantamount to misconduct under the Civil Servants (Efficiency and Discipline) Rules, 2020. As reported by Pakistan media Dawn News, Shamimi has posted a comment in which he defined ‘similarity’ between the PTI government and the Taliban group in Afghanistan.“A similarity between the PTI and the Taliban is that both are figuring out how to run the government only after assuming power. And the centre of hope for both of them is Aabpara,” the senior PTI official said in the comment.Meanwhile, an inquiry has been ordered…

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Pakistan govt releases over 100 TTP prisoners as ‘goodwill gesture’

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan government has released more than 100 Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) prisoners as a “goodwill gesture” to reciprocate the ceasefire announced by the group earlier this month, local media reported.The majority of the freed Pakistani Taliban prisoners were undergoing de-radicalisation and rehabilitation at the internment centres set up by the government, The Express Tribune reported citing government officials. “Most of the released inmates have not completed a six-month mandatory de-radicalisation and rehabilitation programme,” one official said. “The rest were ordinary foot soldiers.”According to the Pakistani daily, the officials also clarified that the prisoners were not released in compliance with any demand from the TTP, which is currently engaged in negotiations with the government. “The Taliban prisoners were released as a goodwill gesture,” the official added.Pakistan and the TTP entered into a month-long truce starting November 9. The ceasefire was the result of a…

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The Tribal areas and Pakistan: Equality exists or not? Read to know more

By KSHVID DESK with Inputs from Agencies Islamabad, Pakistan: FATA, a 27,200-square-kilometer belt along Pakistan’s mountainous northwestern border, has been treated differently than the rest of the country since the country’s independence from the British in 1947. The ‘Excluded Area’ device was retained in Pakistan’s constitutions of 1958 and 1962. The Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), located in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, is one of the world’s most danger zones and has served as a base for jihad and terrorism in South Asia. FATA people are treated differently than the rest of Pakistan because they are governed by imperial rules and have been harmed by extremism and military operations. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (hereinafter FATA) are a special-status region in northwest Pakistan. It is bounded to the east by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, to the south by the Balochistan province, and to…

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Hundreds of children protest in Gwadar, Pakistan in support of basic rights

Balochistan [Pakistan]: In solidarity with protestors staging a sit-in against the unnecessary check posts and fishing trawlers in Gwadar district of Balochistan province, hundreds of children took to the streets on Sunday, local media reported.Carrying placards and banners inscribed with demands “Gwadar ko haq do” (Give rights to Gwadar), the children marched on various roads of the city and later joined the main sit-in, Dawn reported. Speaking on the occasion, Maulana Hidayat Ullah Baloch, who led the rally, criticised the elected representatives of Gwadar and Makran and asked them to join the sit-in or resign from the assembly as they had been elected to represent them, the Pakistani publication reported.He said the representatives who did not visit their constituency should be included in a list of missing persons.Maulana Baloch said that despite the deployment of various security agencies, hundreds of illegal trawlers were involved…

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Imran Khan government has pushed Pakistan into quagmire of problems, says PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Accusing the Imran Khan government of pushing Pakistan into a quagmire of problems, Pakistan opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has called on the people to reject the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the next elections.The Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman visited the mausoleum of Pir Syed Amin Al Hasnat, Leader of Tehreek-e-Pakistan in Manki Sharif, The News International reported. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had put up the most resistance against Talibanisation.He called on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government to make public the details of talks with the Pakistani Taliban.“I have always received love from here. The referendum was won in favour of Pakistan thanks to Pir of Manki Sharif. The sacrifices of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against terrorism cannot be forgotten,” he saidHe said that KP had put up the most resistance against TalibBanisation, the government should…

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India touring Pakistan for 2025 Champions Trophy challenging issue to work through, says ICC chairman Barclay

New Delhi [India]: International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Greg Barclay on Monday admitted that India touring Pakistan for the 2025 Champions Trophy would be challenging, but in the end, the apex body cannot control geopolitical tensions.Last week, the ICC had confirmed the 14 host countries of the ICC men’s white-ball events from 2024-2031. The Champions Trophy is back and Pakistan will host the tournament in 2025. “Yeah, we know it is a particularly challenging issue to work through, but from my point of view, I cannot control geopolitical forces. I just hope cricket can be a force to help improve relationships between countries. That is the one great thing sport can do is to help people and nations come together. If it can help in contributing to that, then it is fantastic,” said Barclay while replying to an ANI query during a roundtable with…

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Pakistan wins thriller against Bangladesh

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Mohammad Rizwan (40) and Haider Ali (45) starred with the bat as Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by five wickets in the third and final T20I here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka on Monday.With this win, Pakistan won the three-match series 3-0 and now both teams will square off in a two-match Test series, beginning on Friday in Chittagong. Chasing 125, Pakistan started cautiously and posted only 28 runs at the end of the Powerplay. Bangladesh then got a breakthrough as the Babar Azam was dismissed by Aminul Islam in the very next over, leaving the team’s total on 32/1.Rizwan and Haider then stabilized Pakistan’s ship and got the scoreboard moving. But in the 16th over, Bangladesh broke the duo’s partnership and dismissed Rizwan on 40.The game turned on its head in the last over as Mahmudullah sent three Pakistan batters back…

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Pakistan Journalist body objects to some clauses of journalists protection law

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) on Saturday said some clauses of the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Act 2021 could be used to frame a media person in a false case and that should have been avoided, local media reported.The bill was approved by the National Assembly on November 8 and the Senate on Friday, Dawn reported. According to the Pakistani publication, the treasury side approved the bill without forwarding it to the relevant standing committee.Later, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain congratulated working journalists over the passage of the bill in a tweet saying: “The law would, for the first time, give working journalists the same rights the journalist community enjoyed in highly developed societies,” Dawn reported.Meanwhile, PFUJ secretary general Nasir Zaidi said Clause 6 (3) of the Act could be used by any government to…

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Bilawal Bhutto says toppling Imran Khan government solution to all problems in Pakistan

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Expressing serious concerns over the ongoing gas crisis across Pakistan, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Sunday slammed the Imran Khan government for its “incompetency”, saying that the solution of all problems of the public lies in the ouster of the ruling PTI-led government.Bhutto said that Imran Khan’s PTI is continuously creating crisis and increasing the miseries of the people, Geo News reported. Pakistan PM should apologise to the citizens who are starving due to the policies of the PTI-led government, he said. Over the prevailing gas crisis, Bhutto said that there would be no gas crisis in the country if the government would have imported LNG timely.He also said that increase in gas prices by the PTI government has affected the general public.This comes a day after PPP Chairman on Friday met with the Chief of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), and decided…

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Imran Khan ensures support to Chinese businesses in Pakistan

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Amid the rising mistrust among Chinese investors over the safety and security of their projects in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan ensured the country’s “all-weather ally” to support and protect its businesses on “priority basis.”In a meeting between Khan and Chinese business delegation led by Chen Yan from Challenge Fashion (Pvt), he said, “We will support Chinese businesses in Pakistan on priority basis, and are grateful to them for their keen interest in accelerating their investment in Special Economic Zones (SEZs)”, reported Geo News. The prime minister directed the authorities concerned to facilitate all Chinese investors, who are setting up industries in Pakistan, on an emergency basis by resolving their issues related to road connectivity and provision of utilities.Khan also said that Pakistan and China haven’t just been connected in past and present, but will remain united through future generations, reported Geo…

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Pakistan reports 313 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan recorded 313 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 1,281,872, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Sunday.A total of 28,659 people have died from COVID-19 in Pakistan, including four new deaths, Xinhua reported citing the NCOC. According to the NCOC, over the last 24 hours, 309 more patients have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries from COVID-19 to 1,230,734 in the Asian country.Pakistan’s southern Sindh province has been the worst hit, with a total of 474,058 cases, followed by eastern Punjab province with 442,422 coronavirus infections, Xinhua reported.

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‘No one dares interfere with my work’, says Pakistan Chief Justice fumes

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Refuting allegations that the judiciary is under any pressure from security institutions, Pakistan Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed on Saturday said that the judiciary in the country never takes dictation from other institutions.Pakistan’s Chief Justice made this comment while responding to remarks made by former president of the country’s Supreme Court Bar Association, Ali Ahmad Kurd, during a conference in Lahore, according to Dawn newspaper. This spat comes as Pakistan has been ranked at 130 out of 139 countries in the World Justice Project’s ‘Rule of Law Index,’ just above Nicaragua and Haiti, and below Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Myanmar.Ahmad Kurd, during a conference, had heavily criticized the judiciary while speaking on the topic of — “Role of Judiciary in Protecting Human Rights and Strengthening Democracy.”“One general is dominating a country of 220 million people. This same general has sent the judiciary down to…

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Pakistan defeat Bangladesh by 8 wickets, claim series with 2-0 lead

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Fakhar Zaman (57) and Mohammad Rizwan (39) starred with the bat as Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets and took a 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series in Dhaka.Chasing 109, Pakistan lost an early wicket as skipper Babar Azam had to depart in the third over. But Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Rizwan thrashed Bangladesh bowlers at every side of the ground. Later, Mustafizur Rahman dismissed Rizwan in the 16th over but that was too late as Fakhar Zaman ended the game with 11 balls in spare.Earlier, opted to bat, Bangladesh struggled as they lost early wickets and only Najmul Shanto was able to get 40 runs and bring his side to a total of 108/7.For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan were the picks in the bowlers as they scalped two wickets each.Speaking after the game, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said:…

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Reopening of Kartarpur corridor made possible with PM Modi, Pakistan PM’s efforts, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

Gurdaspur (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Pradesh Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday expressed his happiness over the reopening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor and said that this has been made possible with the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.Sidhu made these remarks at a press conference in Punjab’s Gurdaspur after returning from his visit to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan. Sidhu said, “The reopening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor has been made possible with the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.“I request that if you want to change lives in Punjab, we should open the borders (for cross-border trade). Why should we go through Mundra Port, a total of 2,100 km? Why not from here, where it’s only 21 km (to Pakistan),” he added.His visit came after a fresh tussle erupted…

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Navjot Sidhu terms Imran Khan ‘elder brother’, BJP slams him

New Delhi [India]: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday stirred controversy after he ostensibly referred to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is his “elder brother.”In a video shared by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Malviya, Sidhu is seen being welcomed by a Pakistan official on behalf of Imran Khan. “He (Imran Khan) is my elder brother,” Sidhu is heard as saying.Amit Malviya attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over Sidhu’s remarks.“Rahul Gandhi’s favourite Navjot Singh Sidhu calls Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his “bada bhai”. Last time he had hugged Gen Bajwa, Pakistan Army’s Chief, heaped praises. Is it any surprise that the Gandhi siblings chose a Pakistan loving Sidhu over veteran Amarinder Singh?” Malviya said in a tweet.Congress MP Manish Tewari expressed his strong reservations over Sidhu’s remarks and said Imran Khan is “cat’s paw of Pakistani deep state ISI-Military combine”…

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Peace deal with TTP would be reached on govt terms, conditions, say Pakistan security sources

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Amid rising criticism of Imran Khan’s government for holding talks with terrorist groups, the Pakistani security sources said that any peace deal with the Pakistani Taliban would be reached on the government terms and conditions.“The Afghan Taliban government was in contact with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in connection with a peace deal but there is no time-frame. It may take months or years,” the sources while requesting not to be named said there could be a deal with the TTP but only if they abide by Pakistan’s Constitution and law. The sources quashed the reports that there was no truth in speculations that the Pakistani government had decided giving amnesty to the TTP leaders and members, Dawn reported.This is rubbish, no amnesty for them. They are terrorist groups and any progress will be made on our terms and conditions,” the sources maintained.…

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Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets

Mirpur [Bangladesh]: Pakistan on Friday held their nerve to beat Bangladesh by 4-wicket as the visitors took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series in Mirpur.Chasing 128 for the win, Pakistan wasn’t looking in a great position as the score read 24/4 inside the Powerplay. But Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah then steadied the ship for the visitors with a 56-run stand. Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz eventually finished the game off in style with a stunning 36-run partnership off just 15 balls as a valiant effort from the Bangladesh bowlers went in vain.Earlier, Bangladesh too struggled but Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, and Mahedi Hasan helped them post a respectable 127/7 in their 20 overs. Hasan Ali was the star with the ball for Pakistan as he picked three wickets.Speaking after the game, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said: “Wicket was a little difficult.…

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Pakistan in peril as Imran Khan fails to deliver on promises: Media

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The future of Pakistan seems to be uncertain as during the three years of Pakistan Tareek-e-Insaf (PTI) rule, Prime Minister Imran Khan has failed to deliver on the promises, said an editorial in Pak vernacular media.The editorial called Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan “Pakistan’s Gorbachev” (Russian leader who saw the break-up of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s). People had always seen Gorbachev as a leader who could bring much-needed reforms but saw all those expectations crashing one after another, the article said. Calling the Prime Minister a “big talker” and a “leader who has failed to deliver”, the article said Pakistan is in a similar situation today as Russia in the 1980s, because “Imran Khan is continuously failing to fulfil the hopes of the people of Pakistan.”The world does not seem to be trusting Pakistan and as and when our…

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Punjab CM led-‘Jatha’ leaves for Kartarpur Sahib

Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab) [India]: With the reopening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, a ‘Jatha’ (group) of Punjab Cabinet and other dignitaries led by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday left for paying obeisance at Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara. The Chief Minister, accompanied by Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, PWD Minister Vijay Inder Singla, MLAs Harpartap Singh Ajnala and Barindermeet Singh Pahra and his family members crossed the border to pay obeisance in sanctum-Sanctorum of Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara in Narowal, Pakistan on the occasion of Prakash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.Describing the re-opening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor as a historic moment, Channi said that it is a joyous occasion as the corridor has facilitated numerous devotees to go to Kartarpur Sahib. “The long-pending ardaas of Sikh Sangat has been fulfilled and now they can pay reverence at this holy shrine without any…

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Pakistan Parliament passes bill to give Kulbhushan Jadhav right to appeal against conviction

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The Pakistan Parliament, in a joint sitting on Wednesday, passed a bill that will give Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav the right to appeal against his conviction.The International Court of Justice (Review and Re-consideration) Bill, 2020, was moved by Law Minister Farogh Nasim. It was passed with a majority vote, Dawn reported. Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in its judgment on July 17, 2019, observed that Pakistan was under an obligation to provide by means of its own choosing effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav.The ICJ had ruled that Pakistan was in breach of its international obligations because of the failure to provide consular access to Jadhav.Pakistan claims that Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan in 2016 on charges of…

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IMF demands five major prior actions to resume loan facility: Pakistan finance advisor Shaukat Tarin

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistani Finance Adviser Shaukat Tarin has said that IMF gave Pakistan a list of five major prior actions for the resumption of its six billion dollars Extended Fund Facility (EFF), local media reported. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Shaukat Tarin said the five prior actions going to be implemented by Pakistan include submission of abolishing of Tax Exemption bill 2021, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Amendment bill 2021, and already hiked electricity tariff besides two other minor actions, Geo Tv reported.He said that the IMF did not agree with the promulgation of the ordinance for withdrawal of tax exemptions but the government would have to submit a tax exemption bill in order to fulfil the IMF’s conditions. Citing top official sources, Goe Tv reported that the increase in monetary policy ranging from 75 to 100 basis points, adjusting upward from 7.25 to…

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Imran Khan govt hails Navjot Singh Sidhu’s role in opening of Kartarpur corridor

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Imran Khan government has praised cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu for his role in the opening of the corridor to Sikh pilgrimage site Kartarpur Sahib between the two countries.A reference to the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President’s name was made on the kartarpurcorridor.com website which said that idea of the corridor was shared by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan with Sidhu. The relationship between Imran Khan and Sidhu came to the limelight in 2018 when the latter attended the oath-taking ceremony of Pakistan PM.“The idea was shared with the Indian legend Sikh cricketer Sardar Navjot Singh Sidhu who attended the ‘Swearing In’ ceremony of Prime Minister of Pakistan. On 28 November 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Navjot Singh Sidhu attended the Ground Breaking Ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor,” the kartarpurcorridor.com website page read.Interestingly, Pakistan is highlighting Sidhu’s role in the Kartarpur corridor issue…

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Ramiz Raja delighted as Pakistan get hosting rights for ICC Champions Trophy 2025

Dubai [UAE]: Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ramiz Raja has thanked the International Cricket Council for awarding the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 to Pakistan, saying the event will showcase Pakistan’s passion for the sport.The ICC Board’s decision means Pakistan will defend the ICC Champions Trophy title in their backyard when the eight-team and 15-match tournament is held at three iconic venues in February 2025. Pakistan had defeated India by 180 runs in the 2017 tournament at The Oval. PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja in a statement said: “I am pleased no-end with the ICC’s decision to select Pakistan as a host nation for one of their elite tournaments. By allocating a major global event to Pakistan, the ICC has expressed complete confidence and faith in our management and operational capabilities and skills.”“We have continued to demonstrate how a great host we are and through the ICC…

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Shakib to miss series against Pakistan

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Bangladesh Cricket Board on Tuesday announced a 16-man squad for the T20i series against Pakistan, which will be played in Dhaka (November 19-22).Allrounders Shakib Al Hasan and Shaif Uddin are unavailable due to injuries while Litton Kumar Das, Soumya Sarkar and Rubel Hossain have been left out. Mushfiqur Rahim has been rested for the T20 international series. Returning to the T20 team are batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto and leg spinner Aminul Islam Biplob. The newcomers are batsmen Saif Hassan and Yasir Ali Chowdhury, pacer Shohidul Islam and wicketkeeper Akbar Ali.Bangladesh T20 squad: Mahmud Ullah (captain), Naim Sheikh, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam Biplob, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Saif Hassan, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Shohidul Islam, Akbar Ali.

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India slams Pakistan at UNSC, asks it to vacate illegally occupied areas of J-K

New York [US]: Underlining that Pakistan has misused platforms provided by the UN to propagate falls and malicious propaganda against New Delhi, India at United Nations Security Council slammed Islamabad for raking up the Kashmir issue and called upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas of Jammu and Kashmir under its illegal occupation.“I would like to categorical about India’s position, the entire Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India. This includes the areas that are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. We call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation,” Dr Kajal Bhat, Counsellor at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, said on Tuesday (local time). “I am constrained to take the floor once again to respond to some frivolous remarks made by the representative of…

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Pakistan to host 2025 Champions Trophy

Dubai [UAE] : The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday confirmed the 14 host countries of the ICC men’s white-ball events from 2024-2031. The Champions Trophy is back and Pakistan will host the tournament in 2025.11 Full Members and three Associate Members have been selected to host two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, four ICC Men’s T20 World Cups and two ICC Men’s Champions Trophy events. The USA and Namibia will host an ICC World Cup event for the first time. Whilst Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe have previously staged major events and will do so again over the next decade.The hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt. The ICC Board accepted the recommendations of…

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Pakistan responsible for humanitarian crisis

Kabul [Afghanistan] : Pakistan, the creator, organizer and mentor to the Taliban is responsible for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, according to an Arabic media outlet.According to a news piece published in Al Arabiya Post, Pakistan is using the recognition card as a tool to leverage aid to the Afghan people. Taliban which controls the country has been unable to provide care for Afghan people. The United Nations had warned that almost half of the population of Afghanistan will face a hunger crisis between the present time and March next year, Al Arabiya Post reported.It further said that things are getting worse on the humanitarian front.The latest report of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Afghanistan shows concern about “conditional humanitarianism” or attempts to “leverage” humanitarian assistance for political purposes.Apart from it, protection and safety risks to people…

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Indian fisherman released from Pak jail

Attari (Punjab) [India] : Indian fishermen, who were released by Pakistan after four years expressed their happiness on reaching the country and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing financial support to their families while they were in jail.At least 20 Indian fishermen have been released from jail in Karachi on the completion of their sentences. Many of them, who were released from Landhi District Jail, Malir, Karachi were arrested about four years ago and sentenced to imprisonment, according to the Pakistani media. On November 15, all the 20 fishermen have reached India via the Attari-Wagah border.One of the fishermen lauded the Modi government for providing financial aid to their family.“We were caught in the sea and languished in Landhi jail for last four years. We thank Modi Government for providing Rs 9,000 to our families when we were in jail in Pakistan,” Ravinder…

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Pakistan media regulatory authority prohibits telecast of Noor Mukadam CCTV footage

Islamabad [Pakistan] : The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Sunday prohibited the telecast of footage from the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the residence of Zahir Jaffer, the prime accused in the Noor Mukadam murder case as it revealed shocking scenes from before and after the murder.The restriction has been placed under Section 27 of PEMRA Ordinance, 2002 as per a notification issued by the media regulatory authority, reported Geo News. It comes a day after several media outlets aired and uploaded the disturbing and sensitive CCTV camera footage. Horrifying scenes of what happened before and after the murder of Noor Mukadam came to light after transcripts of the CCTV camera footage were submitted in court earlier this week in Islamabad, reported Geo News.The prosecution submitted transcripts of the CCTV camera footage in the court of additional sessions judge Justice Ata Rabbani.…

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Hasan Ali pens heartfelt note

Dubai [UAE]: Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali on Friday issued a statement for the first time since the Men in Green’s semi-final defeat in the T20 World Cup 2021 against Australia.Hasan Ali was one of the main talking points in Pakistan’s five-wicket defeat against the Aussies. In the penultimate over of the match which later turned out to be the final over, Ali dropped the catch of Australia batter Matthew Wade, who then smashed three sixes in three balls to win the match for his team. Ali took to Twitter and wrote: “I know you all are upset because my performance didn’t meet your expectations from me but not more disappointed than me. Don’t change your expectations from me. I want to serve Pakistan cricket at the highest level possible, so back to hard work. This patch will make me stronger so Alhumudilah. Thank you…

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Pakistan oppn lashes out at Imran Khan govt over piling up of loans, energy crisis

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan opposition has slammed Imran Khan-led government over piling up of massive loans, unprecedented devaluation of rupee and deepening energy crisis in the country.The News International reported that Senator Sherry has said that the Pakistan government continues to maintain its indefensible position on mismanagement of the gas sector and its iniquitous distribution in the country, yet shows us no plan for overcoming the crisis as a harsh winter looms ahead. “None has answered the basic question as to why the government could not manage the purchase of LNG in the summer at 1/3 the rates. The price of gas today is also naturally related to the LNG fiasco and its shortage. Currently, Pakistan is facing an estimated shortfall of 2,200mmcfd while the prices have become unaffordable for people,” she said, reported Pakistani newspaper.Senator Sherry noted that the rupee has dropped to a…

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Imran Khan stresses on immediate release of Afghanistan’s frozen assets

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday stressed the need to immediately release Afghanistan’s frozen assets to enable the country to overcome economic challenges.Khan highlighted Afghanistan’s frozen assets at a meeting with a Taliban delegation headed by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in Islamabad, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, reported Pajhwok Afghan News. He stressed the need for the immediate release of Afghanistan’s frozen assets and facilitating banking transactions to prevent an economic meltdown.“Pakistan has been consistently calling for the provision of immediate humanitarian relief for Afghanistan,” said Khan.The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating and along with that, the security situation has worsened since the Taliban took control of the country.Millions of Afghans will face starvation this winter unless urgent action is taken, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has warned.Nearly 23 million people, or 55 per cent…

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Young Taliban recruits refuse to believe 9/11 ever happened

Bagram [Afghanistan]: Many children born after 2001, growing up hating America and trained by the Taliban say that they do not know if the 9/11 attacks ever happened with some refusing to believe that the attacks were orchestrated by al-Qaeda.One such child who never benefited from billions of dollars in Western aid money that elevated the lives of countless Afghans is Esmatullah Omari who said that when he was 12, he was trained by the Taliban to plant roadside bombs and at 16, he was attacking military convoys near Bagram airfield, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan and the epicentre of America’s longest war, reported The Washington Post. The Americans are now gone, however, the 19-year-old Omari stands guard at one of the Bagram’s entrances and still does not understand why did the Americans come in the first place.Thousands of Americans who were…

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Pakistan: Major opposition alliance holds rally against Imran Khan government in Karachi

Islamabad [Pakistan] : The alliance of major opposition parties, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Saturday is holding a rally at Karachi’s busy Regal Chowk to protest the rising inflation under Imran Khan government.PDM Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Pakistan leader of the opposition in the national assembly, Shehbaz Sharif are also likely to address the rally, Samaa TV reported. Hundreds of workers from the PDM parties, especially Fazlur Rehman’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, have gathered in the rally.Karachi traffic police have closed at least five roads leading to Regal Chowk and released a traffic plan, Samaa TV reported.This came days after PDM announced to hold ‘mehngai’ march across Pakistan before going ahead with a long march towards Islamabad.The PDM informed that the rallies against the government over rising inflation would be held in Karachi, Quetta, Lahore and Peshawar.In other recent developments, the Imran Khan…

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Pak: 32 journalist harassment cases filed in a year in Islamabad

Islamabad [Pakistan] : As many as 32 journalist harassment cases filed in a year, according to police in Pakistan’ Islamabad.On Friday, Islamabad police informed Supreme Court that police had over the last one year, submitted to trial courts the cases of 32 persons suspected of involvement in 16 attempts on the lives of journalists or of assaulting them, Dawn reported. A report on behalf of the deputy inspector general of police operations in Islamabad stated that out of 16 cases registered by police from September 13 last year to September 12 this year, four were still under investigation, the Pakistani publication reported.According to Dawn, the report was furnished in compliance with a directive by a three-judge Supreme Court bench after it took up suo motu a complaint of harassment moved by the Press Association of the Supreme Court (PAS) on behalf of a journalist.At…

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Pakistan likely to allow transportation of Indian wheat to Afghanistan through its territory

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan would ‘favourably’ consider the request by the Taliban regime for transporting wheat offered by India through the country on an “exceptional basis” for humanitarian purposes, said Prime Minister Imran Khan.Imran Khan expressed the views while speaking to a delegation led by Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, Dawn reported citing Prime Minister’s Office’s statement. “The Prime Minister conveyed that in the current context Pakistan would favourably consider the request by Afghan brothers for transportation of wheat offered by India through Pakistan on an exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes and as per modalities to be worked out,” Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has reaffirmed Islamabad’s support to Afghanistan and the Afghan people in overcoming the challenges being faced by the neighbouring country.He also stressed the vital importance of a peaceful, stable, sovereign, prosperous and connected Afghanistan for…

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Pakistan Army chief meets envoys of US, Russia, China after Troika Plus meeting

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday discussed the situation in Afghanistan in separate meetings with the envoys of the United States, Russia, and China after the conclusion of the Troika Plus meet, reported local media.The meetings took place at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, reported Geo TV citing the statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Bajwa discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and the matters of “mutual interest” during the three meetings, reported the news channel citing the media wing of the Pakistani military.The army chief talked about the need for global convergence on Afghanistan to prevent the deepening of the humanitarian crisis.Earlier, the representative of the Troika Plus format urged the Taliban to cut ties with all terrorist groups and deprive them of the opportunity to act on Afghan territory.The statement was issued after the Troika Plus…

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Pak’s Lahore declared most polluted city globally after breaching AQI 700 mark

Lahore [Pakistan]: Pakistan’s Lahore has been declared the most polluted city globally after the city recorded its highest ever smog levels as the Air Quality Index (AQI) went above 700, reported a local media. The Air Quality Index data was released on Thursday and put Lahore on the list of the most polluted cities in the world.The AQI remained above 500 for the fourth consecutive day in various parts of the city which worsened to 700 after 12 pm on Thursday, reported Samaa TV. Meanwhile, the issue of pollution has hit the Pakistani courts as an environmental pollution case was heard in the Lahore High Court on Friday. The HC judge said that no measures have been taken by the authorities to bring the pollution to curb the smog, reported Samaa TV. “Now I will visit myself to know the whole matter because our…

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Pakistan joins hand with Taliban to destroy Afghan identity, culture: Former Pak senator

Amsterdam [Netherlands]: A former senator of Pakistan from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has accused Islamabad of joining hands with the Taliban to “destroy” Afghan identity and its culture.In an interview with the Amsterdam-based European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), Afrasiab Khattak, who is also a Pashtun rights activist said, “Pakistan expanded into Afghanistan through its strategic depth policy. During the Afghan civil war, the Pakistani military establishment, aided by the US and the Arab Gulf States, enrolled Afghan refugees in Pakistani madrassas to brainwash them with extremist Islamist ideologies”. Khattak believes that these measures were aimed at ultimately emphasising the Afghans’ Muslim identity over their identity as Afghans and Pashtuns, and thereby deconstructing the Afghan/Pashtun component of their communal identity.He observed that this erosion also played out in practice as the Taliban sought to destroy cultural products and practices that were seen as Afghan, replacing…

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Pakistan, Taliban-led Afghanistan agree to establish joint trade commission

Kabul [Afghanistan] : Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to establish a high-level interstate commission that will deal with trade issues between the two countries, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.The decision was made at a meeting of Amir Khan Muttaqi, the acting Afghan foreign minister, appointed by the Taliban and his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, on Thursday. The commission is expected to be tasked with monitoring the implementation of a bilateral trade strategy, Sputnik reportedLast month, the Pakistani top diplomat said that the countries had agreed to simplify travel between the countries. At the meeting in question, Qureshi detailed Islamabad’s initiatives regarding Kabul, including free access to all Pakistani ports for Afghan traders, the free movement of heavy vehicles, resumption of the movement of passenger buses, and an increase in air traffic.During his meeting with acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi,…

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T20 WC: Australia beat Pakistan

Dubai [UAE]: Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade played unbeaten knocks of 40 and 41 respectively as Australia defeated Pakistan by five wickets to enter the final of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Stadium on Thursday.Australia will now lock horns against New Zealand in the summit clash on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. Chasing 177, Australia got off to the worst start possible as skipper Aaron Finch (0) was sent back to the pavilion by Shaheen Shah Afridi on just the third ball of the innings. However, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh did not let the momentum drop and the score read 52/1 after the end of the sixth over.Pakistan stormed right back into the match as Shadab Khan dismissed Marsh (28), and this brought Steve Smith to the middle. In his next over, Shadab dismissed Smith (5).…

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Babar Azam surpasses Virat Kohli to become fastest player to score 2500 runs in men’s T20Is

Dubai [UAE]: Pakistan skipper and batter Babar Azam on Thursday surpassed Indian captain Virat Kohli to become the fastest player to score 2500 runs in men’s T20Is.Babar Azam achieved this feat during the second semi-final clash of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup between Australia and Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Babar took 62 innings to reach the landmark while Virat Kohli took 68 innings. They are followed by Australia’s Aaron Finch and New Zealand’s Martin Guptill with 78 and 83 innings, respectively.Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bowl. While Australia finished at the second spot in Group 1 after winning four matches out of five, Pakistan topped Group 2 of the Super 12 stage after winning all five matches.

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Inflation in Pakistan fourth highest in world, could lead to unrest

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The rate of inflation in Pakistan is the fourth highest in the world which could lead to unrest and protests against the Imran Khan government.Citing an incident in a family of Karachi, Shah Meer Baloch wrote in The Guardian that a shoe-seller set himself on fire as he could not meet his expenses or send money home due to the “skyrocketing prices”. Imran Khan had vowed to lift people out of poverty before gaining power as he promised the creation of 10 million jobs. Instead, he announced financial support of USD3 billion from Riyadh after his visit to Saudi Arabia last month.Imran Khan blamed inflation in the international market for the miseries of the people and announced a “relief package” of 120 billion Pakistani rupees providing subsidies on the essential food items, wrote Shah Meer Baloch.“The package is a drop in the…

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Australia wins toss

Dubai [UAE]: Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bowl against Pakistan in the second semi-final of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.Speaking at the toss, Australia skipper Finch said, “We will bowl. The wicket will not change a lot over the course of the game. The guys are relaxed, there’ll be obvious nerves. This pitch has played true right through the IPL and the World Cup, no changes.” On the other hand, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said, “We’ll have to put runs on the board and then defend it. It’s an honour to lead this bunch of players, looking forward to playing some good cricket. UAE is our backyard, we know these conditions well. No changes for us as well.”Australia finished at the second spot in Group 1 after winning…

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Pakistan skipping Delhi Security Dialogue shows its attitude on issues concerning Afghanistan, says India

New Delhi [India]: India on Thursday took a dig at Pakistan for not attending Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan, stating that skipping such an important meeting shows its approach towards issues concerning Afghanistan.External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said at the weekly media briefing that India had also invited China for the NSA-level meeting in Delhi but they did attend due to “scheduling reasons.” “We had also invited Pakistan. Skipping such an important meeting shows their attitude towards the issues concerning Afghanistan,” Bagchi said in response to a query.India hosted the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan on Wednesday.National Security Advisers or Secretaries of the Security Council of five Central Asian countries – Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan besides Russia and Iran – attended the security dialogue and adopted Delhi declaration.The dialogue was chaired by NSA Ajit Doval.The participants condemned in the…

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US special representative to Afghanistan to meet Taliban FM in Pakistan

Kabul [Afghanistan] : Thomas West, US special representative to Afghanistan, and Amir Khan Motaqi, one of the top leaders of the Taliban are intended to meet each other in Islamabad, where they are scheduled to attend Troika Plus meeting, reported Khaama Press.Motaqi, Foreign Minister in the Taliban government, leading a high-level delegation arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday evening. Pakistan will host senior diplomats from the US, China and Russia in Islamabad to discuss the situation in Afghanistan on Thursday.Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and its National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf will chair the ‘Troika Plus’ meeting.The representative of the four countries will also meet Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, Dawn reported. Muttaqi also arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday. It is the first visit to Pakistan by an Afghan minister since the Taliban seized control of Kabul in August.Pakistani officials have said…

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Imran Khan govt’s talks with Pakistani Taliban called into question in Senate

Islamabad [Pakistan] : The opposition in the senate in Pakistan has called into question Imran Khan government’s talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban, reported local media.Mian Raza Rabbani, former Senate Chairman and Pakistan People’s Party’s stalwart, underlined that it was the mandate of the Parliament to decide on negotiations with a banned outfit. Stressing that it would be better to lock the parliament if is to be treated this way, the PPP Senator emphasised that all the decisions on national security are neither being taken from the platform of parliament nor is the Senate being taken into confidence.Pakistan Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhary had earlier said that the government has reached the deal with the TTP and a ceasefire was agreed upon.TTP has been active in several parts of Pakistan since 2007 and is responsible for carrying out several attacks and blasts in the country.

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Pak reports 637 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths in last 24 hrs

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan has reported 637 new cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths in the last 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said on Thursday.As many as 48,882 samples were tested during this period, out of which 637 turned out to be positive, pushing the country’s caseload to 1,278,751, ARY News reported. The pandemic claimed the lives of nine people, increasing the death toll to 28,575.The number of critical COVID-19 patients under treatment in various hospitals across the country stands at 1,156, ARY News reported.

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Afghanistan’s acting FM to discuss Kabul-Islamabad relations, economic issues with Pakistani side

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Afghan acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, will discuss Kabul-Islamabad relations, the economy, transit and as well as refugee issues with the Pakistani side, local media reported.“Transit and Economic issues will be discussed. Traders’ problems and as well (de facto) border crossing problems will be addressed,” Tolo News quoted Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid as saying. Muttaqi has arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday. It is the first visit to Pakistan by an Afghan minister since the Taliban seized control of Kabul in August.This comes after Pakistan earlier on Tuesday sent a special invitation to Muttaqi to attend the Troika Plus meeting, the Pakistani media reported.“Special Representatives for Afghanistan from the United States, China, Russia and Pakistan will be meeting on Thursday and we hope that Muttaqi will also be able to attend,” The News International…

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Taliban appointed FM of Afghanistan arrives in Pakistan for three-day visit

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Afghan acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Wednesday arrived in Pakistan for an official visit as head of a high-level delegation to hold talks with the Pakistani leadership.Senior Pakistan officials welcomed Muttaqi on his arrival, Xinhua news agency reported citing state television of Pakistan. The Foreign Ministry of Pakistan said that Muttaqi’s visit is taking place as a follow-up to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s visit to Kabul in October.The Pakistan foreign ministry said the exchanges will focus on bilateral ties with a particular focus inter alia on enhanced trade, facilitation of transit trade, cross-border movement, land and aviation links, people-to-people contacts and regional connectivity.Earlier on Tuesday, the Pakistani media reported that Pakistan has sent a special invitation to Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi to attend the Troika Plus meeting.“Special Representatives for Afghanistan from the United States, China,…

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Chinese company holds back insurance cover of major China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects

Beijing [China]: Chinese insurance company ‘Sinosure’ has held back insurance cover to six major energy power projects worth USD 5 billion, these projects are a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The company has also underwritten around USD 8 billion insurance cover to Mainline-1, a 1,733km railway line from Karachi to Peshawar, Pakistani newspaper Dawn News reported. Meanwhile, the Imran Khan government has urged Beijing to persuade the China-based insurance company to clear about USD 13 billion insurance covers of energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan, Dawn news reported.Special Assistant to the Pakistan Prime Minister on CPEC Khalid Mansoor has taken up the matter to the Chinese ambassador in Islamabad.Mansoor has written a letter to the Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), urging for his intervention to resolve all issues relating to strategically important projects on a priority basis.The strategically…

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Pak to host US, China, Russia meet on Afghanistan on Thursday

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan will host senior diplomats from the United States, China and Russia in Islamabad to discuss the situation in Afghanistan on Thursday.Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and its National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf will chair the ‘Troika Plus’ meeting. The representative of the four countries will also meet Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, Dawn reported.Muttaqi is set to arrive in Islamabad on Wednesday. It is the first visit to Pakistan by an Afghan minister since the Taliban seized control of Kabul in August.“Troika Plus at SRs (special representatives level) will meet with Muttaqi,” the Pakistani official said.The dialogue is taking place at a time when the Taliban is seeking international recognition. However, the international community is not in hurry to give legitimacy to the Taliban interim government unless they fulfil their promises.“Troika Plus has become an important forum…

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Malala Yousafzai ties knot in Birmingham

Birmingham [UK]: Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has confirmed that she had tied the knot in a small nikkah ceremony at Birmingham home.“Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead,” Yousafzai tweeted. Malala wore a tea pink outfit paired with simple jewellery. Her husband is Asser wore a simple suit and matched his tie to her outfit.Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai also posted on Twitter about the news.“It is beyond words. Toor Pekai and I are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. Alhamdulillah,” he wrote on twitter.Yousafzai, an advocate for girls’ education, survived a Pakistani Taliban assassination attempt when she was just 15 years old when…

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Imran Khan urges global community to fulfil ‘moral obligation’, save Afghans from hunger

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated his plea to the international community to intervene and save Afghans from hunger pointing out that it is their “moral obligation” to avert the humanitarian disaster confronting people in Afghanistan, reported local media.Imran Khan once again reiterated that Pakistan will continue to provide “all possible relief” to the Afghans in an attempt to avert a hovering humanitarian crisis in the country, reported The Express Tribune. Imran Khan shared a report by the BBC that quoted the executive director of the World Food Program (WFP) stating 23 million Afghan people heading towards mass starvation, reported The Express Tribune.Citing this report, the Prime Minister said that it was the “moral obligation” of the international community to “avert this humanitarian disaster confronting Afghan people”, reported the newspaper.With each passing day, the situation in Afghanistan is worsening under the…

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Pakistan invites acting Afghan Foreign Minister to Troika Plus meeting

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan has sent a special invitation to Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi to attend the Troika Plus meeting, local media reported.“Special Representatives for Afghanistan from the United States, China, Russia and Pakistan will be meeting on Thursday and we hope that Muttaqi will also be able to attend,” The News International quoted an official. The meeting is scheduled in Islamabad for November 11.Muttaqi is expected to extend his visit by a day at the conclusion of the Troika Plus meeting and hold bilateral consultations with officials in Pakistan. So far, there has been no confirmation from Kabul about a likely visit to Islamabad by Muttaqi, The News International reported.According to the officials, it would be clear by Tuesday if Muttaqi, a senior member of the Taliban government, would be able to undertake his maiden visit to Pakistan.While Pakistan has…

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Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan announces month-long ceasefire from today

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has declared a one-month ceasefire, starting from November 9, local media reported on Monday.The spokesperson for the banned outfit said the ceasefire could be extended with the consent of the parties involved — the TTP and the Imran Khan led-PTI government — while both parties should abide by the rules of the ceasefire, Geo News reported. According to the banned TTP, the Afghanistan Taliban are playing the role of a mediator in the negotiation process.The banned TTP said that the group has agreed to set up negotiating committees, which will try to move forward with the next course of action as well as the negotiation process on the demands of the parties, Geo News reported.This comes after Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry had said the government and the banned TTP agreed to a…

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Pakistani law enforcers warn against instability in Sindh

Karachi [Pakistan]: The Pakistani Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) have warned against the instability in Sindh, especially in the Larkana Division pertaining to the worsening law and order situation in the region, reported a local media.The LEAs also added that the situation could also affect the security of the Chinese and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, reported The News International. The law enforcers have conveyed to the Sindh government authorities that the activities of criminals and anarchists are on the rise in the region because of the “inefficient” role of police, reported The News International citing the official correspondence.In the letter addressed to the Sindh government’s Home Department, a surge in the crime rate was informed about, particularly in the Larkana Division.The settlers are being subjected to target killing by the anti-state anarchists, the killing of the police officials on personal enmity is generated…

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“Continue with same momentum”

Sharjah [UAE]: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said the side wants to continue the winning momentum going into the semi-finals of the ongoing T20 World Cup.Pakistan demolished Scotland by 72 runs in their final Super 12 match in Group 2 here at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Sunday. Veteran batters Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik had played sensational knocks to power Pakistan to 189 in 20 overs.“We are confident about each other’s ability. We are playing as a unit and hence playing consistent cricket. We wanted to bat first. We couldn’t play well in the PP. Hafeez played well and so did Malik,” said Babar after the win.“He used his experience and played well towards the end. We have been confident. We would want to continue with the same momentum. Dubai is one of the best stadiums. We love the fans over here and…

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Shehbaz Sharif demands Pakistan PM’s resignation after Daska by-poll report

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan after findings of an inquiry report by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on irregularities in the Daska by-election.Citing a statement, Dawn reported that Shehbaz said attempts were being made to rob and snatch from the people their right to elect their own representatives. “Imran Khan Niazi must tell what is he waiting for after the ECP report disclosed everything?” he asked.The leader of the opposition in the National Assembly also asked the premier to submit himself for accountability in the wake of the ECP report. “It requires a big heart to become [ex-prime minister] Nawaz Sharif and face the law,” he added.A report released on Friday by the ECP on the February by-poll in Daska’s NA-75 constituency concluded that election officials, police and the local…

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New 14-member Balochistan cabinet takes oath

Quetta [Pakistan]: The new Balochistan cabinet consisting of 14 members took an oath in Quetta on Sunday, days after the resignation of former Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Aylani. Governor of Balochistan Syed Zahoor Ahmad Agha administered the oath to the new cabinet members. A notification of the appointment of five advisors was also issued on the occasion, Geo News reported.Several members of the Balochistan Awami Party including Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi, Sardar Mohammad Saleh Bhootani, Sardar Abdul Rehman Kethran and Nawabzada Tariq Magsi have become part of the new cabinet. Noor Nuhammad Damar, Akbar Askani, Sikandar Imrani, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Zamrak Achakzai and Muhammad Khan Lehri were also among the members who took the oath, Geo News reported. In other recent Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, leader of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), has also been elected the Balochistan chief minister, local media reported.…

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Pakistan to buy Liquefied Natural Gas cargo at highest ever rate

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Amid the severe energy crisis in the country, the Pakistan LNG Limited (PLL) has decided to procure a Liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo at the highest ever price of 30.6 dollars per million British thermal units (mmbtu), local media reported.Geo TV citing sources reported that the state-owned company, PLL, had issued an emergency tender on November 2, seeking bids for spot cargoes after two LNG trading companies, ENI and GUNVOR, backed out of providing two LNG term cargoes due to be delivered on November 19-20 and November 26-27. The PLL received five bids with higher prices ranging from 29.8966 US dollars to 31.0566 US dollars per mmbtu from international LNG trading companies for two spot LNG cargoes to be delivered in the last 11 days of the current month, the sources said further.Pakistan is on the verge of a massive shortage…

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Imran Khan govt again plans to increase petroleum prices

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government has again expressed the intention to increase the petroleum development levy on petroleum products in the coming days amid condemnation by the Opposition parties after a recent hike in prices of petroleum products.“The International Monetary Fund [IMF] has also asked to increase the petroleum development levy [PDL] but it will depend on the global prices of petroleum products,” Geo News quoted Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Shaukat Tarin on Saturday. “If the global price of oil goes down, it will be easy for the government to increase the PDL,” Tarin said, adding that the prices of petroleum products were increased because they were directly linked with the international market, where the prices touched their peak in the last several years, Geo News reported.Earlier on Friday, Imran Khan led-government had increased petroleum prices by…

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Lahore, Karachi rank among world’s top 4 most polluted cities

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan’s Lahore and Karachi have featured on the list of the world’s top four most polluted cities by capturing third and the fourth rank respectively, reported a local media.Lahore reported the Particulate Matter (PM) rating of 181 whereas Karachi recorded a PM rating of 163 making both the cities feature in the list of the world’s most polluted cities, according to the air pollution data released by the US Air Quality Index, reported The News International. The standards set by the Air Quality Index categorises a city under “unhealthy” if the PM rating lies between 151 and 200. The rating between 201 and 300 falls under the category of “highly unhealthy” and anything above 301 falls under the “dangerous” category.Lahore featured on the same list earlier this month after the AQI hit the 289 mark on November 2, reported The News…

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Pakistan reports 471 new COVID-19 cases, 20 more deaths

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan on Saturday confirmed 471 new COVID-19 cases and 20 more deaths, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Sunday.The NCOC, a department leading the campaign against the pandemic, said that the country has conducted 21,101,314 tests so far, confirming 1,276,711 cases, including 1,225,363 recovered cases. There are 22,810 active cases under treatment across the country, including 1,233 in critical condition.The pandemic killed 20 people on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 28,538.Pakistan’s southern Sindh province is the most affected region of the country with 471,733 infections, followed by the eastern Punjab province which has reported 441,051 infections.

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Inflation in Pakistan will continue to rise for next 6 months

Islamabad [Pakistan] : The inflation will remain high in Pakistan for the next six months and the rupee is likely to continue on a depreciatory path despite a support package from Saudi Arabia, local media reported citing the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).The EIU’s assessment comes after data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) showed that the Consumer Price Index — a key marker of inflation — surged 9.2 per cent year-on-year in October, reported Geo News. “Strengthening inflationary headwinds are being driven largely by rapid import growth, exacerbated by a surge in global commodity prices, as the economy recovers from the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” EIU said.“We continue to expect that upward pressure on consumer prices will persist during the first half of 2022, as the global economic recovery is likely to keep commodity prices elevated and the rupee will…

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TTP may consider ceasefire after Pak govt agrees to release its terrorists

Peshawar [Pakistan] : After Islamabad reportedly agreed to release several Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists in the first phase, the terrorists might declare a nationwide ceasefire in return, reported a local media.“The prisoners were supposed to be freed on November 1 this year but then there were some technical issues that delayed the release process. Then they were required to be freed on November 4 but again it didn’t happen due to some reasons,” The News quoted a source privy to the negotiations as saying. Some of the prisoners including top Taliban leaders in Swat, Mehmood Khan and Muslim Khan, were taken to Afghanistan for their “likely release”, said the newspaper citing the source.Former spokesperson of the TTP, Maulvi Omar was reportedly in the first batch of prisoners who were supposed to be free as a “goodwill” gesture.However, the development has not been confirmed by…

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Rising inflation in Pakistan : Electricity price increases

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Amid the rising inflation in Pakistan, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has increased the price of electricity by Pakistani Rupees 1.68 per unit.According to the statement issued by NEPRA, the recent increase has been made in the basic tariff under which the price per unit of electricity has been increased by Rs 1.68 for domestic consumers, while for commercial and other categories, the price per unit of electricity will be Rs 1.39, Geo News reported. According to the Pakistani publication, the new rates have come into effect across the country from November 1, which will earn the country revenue of Rs 135 billion per annum.The statement said that the increased rates will not be applicable to those who consumed 200 or fewer units of electricity.This comes after the latest surge in petroleum prices. According to a finance ministry notification, with…

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Pakistan opposition slams Imran Khan govt over hike in petrol prices

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shahbaz Sharif has lashed out at Prime Minister Imran Khan-led ruling PTI government over hike in petroleum prices and said people are being crushed due to inflation, local media reported.Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party warned of protests if the prices of petroleum products are not slashed. On Friday, the PTI government announced a hike in the price of petrol by Pakistani Rs 8.03 per litre, a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan warned the nation that fuel prices would have to undergo an increase.Reacting to the price hike, Sharif said that since the incumbent government came to power, it had brought the entire nation to “the ration card”, Geo News reported.“Imran Khan lets the axe of inflation fall on the public and then wonders why inflation is surging in the country,” Sharif tweeted. “Over the past three years,…

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How Pakistan’s economy is on a roller coaster ride

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies Pakistan’s economy always faced ups and downs due to the competitive market and its relationship with neighboring countries. The major players in Pakistan’s economy are America, China, and India. Pakistan’s relationship with China is always friendly, and china always supports Pakistan in times of need. America’s relationship was always demanding “To Do More.” India is the country with whom Pakistan’s relation could be fruitful in terms of the economy because both are sister countries with many issues. Kashmir is at the top of the list. The rivalry between them is the primary cause of the lower GDP of these countries as most of the country’s budget is consumed by the Military.  The start of Pakistan’s economy was under the supervision of Ayub Khan, who was also the first Militant Administrator of Pakistan. He presented a 10-year…

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India to hold NSA-level meet on Afghanistan on Nov 10; Pak won’t attend, China yet to confirm

New Delhi [India] : India is set to host the regional security dialogue on Afghanistan on November 10, a meeting that will be conducted at the national security advisor (NSA) level, sources said on Friday.NSA Ajit Doval will chair the meeting next week. India had formally invited the NSAs of Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for the conference.According to sources, there has been an overwhelming response to India’s invitation. Several countries including Russia and Iran have confirmed participation in the meeting, in which, not just Afghanistan’s immediate land neighbours are invited but also Central Asian countries are invited.The enthusiastic response is a manifestation of the importance attached to India’s role in regional efforts to promote peace and security in Afghanistan, sources said.Meanwhile, Pakistan has declined the invitation to the regional countries’ national security advisors meeting on Afghanistan being hosted by India.“Pakistan’s decision…

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Rise of Taliban adversely affecting South Asia

Kabul [Afghanistan] : As the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating by the day, there have been reports emerging that radical Islam is on the ascent in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and even India since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, said a media report.Writing in The J.CA, Rachel Avraham, a political analyst cited an interview of Shipan Kumer Basu, President of the World Hindu Struggle Committee where he stated that with the rise of the Taliban to power, there are fears that the situation will further deteriorate. “Over the past few weeks, extremists Muslims have carried out barbaric attacks on Hindus by placing the Qur’an in a Hindu puja mandap (temporary places of worship). The people of the Buddhist community were not left out either. Due to false rumours of blasphemy, in more than 31 districts, Hindu idols were vandalized, Hindu homes were attacked and looted, and…

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Pakistan’s Sindh wastes over 700,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Karachi [Pakistan] : A whopping 760,935 doses of different Covid-19 vaccines have been wasted in Pakistan’s Sindh due to the “incompetent handling” and non-maintenance of vaccine temperature and cold chain issues, reported local media.As per the standards set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the wastage of only two per cent vaccines is acceptable. The amount of vaccines lost due to the “incompetent handling” falls way beyond the WHO accepted two per cent vaccine wastage, reported The News. As many as 220,675 doses of SinoVac, 170,675 doses of Sinopharm, 70,876 doses of single-dose Pakvac, 23,096 doses of Astrazeneca, 10,675 doses of Moderna, 10,178 doses of Pfizer and 85 doses of Sputnik were wasted, reported the newspaper citing the officials of the Sindh Health Department.According to the Health Department officials primarily the vaccine temperature, cold chain issues along with vaccine administration due to the unprofessional…

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Pakistan: Opposition leader calls Imran Khan’s Rs 120 billion relief package “pack of lies”

Lahore [Pakistan] : Pakistan’s opposition leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif has slammed the Rs 120 billion “relief package” announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan and called it a “pack of lies”, reported a local media.“Like promises and budget the so-called relief package of the incumbent government is also a pack of lies,” Dawn quoted Sharif as saying. “Had it not been claimed while announcing the [federal] budget that it’s a tax-free budget? Now it’s being confessed in the [prime minister’s] address to the nation that petrol prices will have to be raised,” said Sharif, who is also president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).The opposition leader further asked the Imran Khan government about how it is planning to control the righting inflation in the country, if the electricity, gas tariffs and prices of petroleum products shoot up, reported the newspaper.He further called the…

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Pakistan records 515 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan reported 515 new COVID-19 infections in the county in the last 24 hours, while 11 patients succumbed to the viral infection, reported a local media citing the statistics shared by National Command and Operation Centre.A total of 44,148 samples were tested during this period, reported ARY News. With the fresh deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll in the country mounted to 28,507.The rate of infection in the country stands at 1.16 per cent, reported ARY News citing NCOC data.NCOC head Asad Umar on Thursday said that Punjab has administered more than half of its eligible population with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.“Punjab becomes the first province to have more than half its eligible population with at least one dose at 52 per cent. KP follows with 48 per cent, Sindh 40 per cent and…

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Taliban Interior Minister mediates peace talks between Pakistan and TTP

Peshawar [Pakistan]: Acting interior minister in the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan, Sirajuddin Haqqani is reportedly playing a role of a mediator between Pakistan and the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to reach a “broader” “peace agreement” to bring an end to the two-decades of militancy in Pakistan, local media reported.Pakistan has reached a possible understanding with the TTP after the “direct, face-to-face” talks between the two sides that are being held in South-western Khost province of Afghanistan for almost two weeks, reported Dawn citing the sources. However, it is not clear who on the Pakistan side is negotiating with the TTP.The understanding includes the declaration of a nationwide truce and the release of some TTP terrorists based on certain conditions, as part of confidence-building measures.However, the TTP has yet not confirmed or denied the possible understanding reached between the two sides.The number of terrorists who…

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Pakistan lags behind Bangladesh in per capita income

Lahore [Pakistan]: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a recent address stated that prices of edible products are lower in the country when compared to other nations in the region. Pakistani local media have reported that Khan has ignored the fact that GDP per capita in the country is far lesser than even Bangladesh which came into existence nearly 24 years after Pakistan.The GDP per capita or the economic output of a Pakistani citizen rests at around USD 1,543 per annum, while it stands at USD 2,554 for Bangladesh, reported The News International. Pakistan’s inflation or the rate of increase in prices is ‘officially’ nine per cent in Pakistan, it is 5.56 per cent in Bangladesh, once deemed a country haunted by abject poverty. The statistics cited above thus mean that a major chunk of 220 million Pakistanis are currently witnessing a double blow;…

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PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto slams Imran Khan over ‘too little, too late’ subsidy package

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Imran Khan over the “too little, too late” subsidy package.He said that the subsidy package announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan is “nothing but a joke”, reported The Express Tribune. “PM package is nothing but a joke. PM claims few families will benefit from 30 per cent discount for only 6 months on Ghee, Flour & lentils,” Bilawal wrote on his official Twitter handle following the prime minister’s address to the nation.He said that in three years, ghee prices increased 108 per cent, flour 50 per cent and gas 300 per cent. “30 per cent is too little, too late for 200 million p[eo]pl[e] facing historic inflation, poverty & unemployment,” he added.Earlier today, Imran Khan announced “country’s biggest-ever” subsidy package worth Rs 120 billion, providing 30 per cent discount on…

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Pakistan opposition slams Imran Khan over upcoming ‘relief package’

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Wednesday slammed Imran Khan over his upcoming ‘relief package’ for inflation and poverty stating that the prime minister’s resignation was the only solution to get rid of all problems.While addressing a press conference, Aurangzeb said that the Prime Minister’s resignation was the only solution to rid the country of menaces, including inflation, unemployment and poverty, Dawn reported. Her statement came in the wake of the government’s announcement that a “big package” was to be unveiled today in order to deal with rising inflation and provide relief to 10 million people directly, said the Pakistani publication.The government has been facing severe criticism from the opposition after the premier approved a Pakistani Rs 10 increase in the price of petroleum products last month. Major opposition parties, including the PML-N and the PPP, have held country-wide rallies…

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Pak declines use of its airspace for Srinagar-Sharjah flights

New Delhi [India] : Pakistan has declined to allow the use of its airspace for flights from Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.According to the sources, Islamabad has raised concerns over the use of its airspace. Relevant Indian ministries are looking into the matter. “Pakistan has refused its airspace use to Go First’s Srinagar-Sharjah flight. It has raised concerns over the use of their airspace. Matter reported to the concerned ministries; MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation), MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) and MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) looking into it,” Government.Last month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged off the first international flight services from Srinagar to Sharjah.India’s low-cost airline Go First became the first airline to launch direct flights from Srinagar to Sharjah.Go First official told ANI that their “flight is operational as per schedule.”

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T20 WC: Pakistan become first team to enter semis after win against Namibia

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Pakistan on Tuesday became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup with victory over Namibia by 45 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.Pakistan racked up 189 in their allotted 20 overs and then restricted Namibia’s reply to 144/5 as Men in Green registered their fourth win in four games in the World Cup. Chasing 190, Namibia struggled against the Pakistan pace attack, with opener Michael van Lingen cleaned up by Hasan Ali in the powerplay. The African side’s score read 34/1 after the first six overs.With runs in scarcity, Stephan Baard after a composed 29 off 29 balls walked back to the dressing room in the 9th over after getting run out. Imad Wasim removed Gerhard Erasmus in the 13th over. Craig Williams followed his countryman in the next…

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After LPG suppliers default, Pakistan scrambles to meet shortages

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Amid soaring prices of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and default by suppliers, Pakistan is scrambling to meet energy shortages.Two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) suppliers — Gunvor and ENI — declined to meet their contractual obligations to supply one cargo each in November, leaving authorities in a state of shock as they were already facing gas shortages. Moreover, LPG prices are touching Rs 217 per kg, up 67 per cent over last year, reported Dawn. “We are working at multiple levels to minimise disruption,” said a senior government official.He said the Ministry of Energy had also activated diplomatic channels and engaged with the LNG suppliers in an effort to make them honour the commitment.Energy Minister Hammad Azhar held back-to-back meetings with relevant companies in the energy supply chain, power and petroleum divisions and the finance ministry to cope with supply shortages through the…

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Pakistan not to attend NSA meet hosted by India on Afghanistan

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan has declined the invitation to the regional countries’ national security advisors (NSAs) meeting on Afghanistan being hosted by India.Pakistan’s NSA Dr Moeed Yusuf confirmed this news during the signing of the security agreement with Uzbekistan, Pakistani financial newspaper Business Recorder reported. Answering a question whether Pakistan has accepted India’s invitation to attend the conference, Pak NSA said, “I will not go.”Earlier, the Pakistan Foreign Office had confirmed that India had invited Pakistan to attend a conference.India had formally invited the NSAs of Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for the conference, which is scheduled to take place next week.The recently concluded Moscow Format meet on Afghanistan was attended by India. However, the representatives of the two countries did not hold any meetings on the sidelines.

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T20 WC : Only Afghanistan or Pakistan can beat England, says Pietersen

New Delhi [India] : Former England captain Kevin Pietersen on Tuesday said that only Afghanistan or Pakistan can defeat the Three Lions in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.However, the former England captain also said that Afghanistan and Pakistan can beat England only if they are playing on a used wicket. “Only Pakistan or Afghanistan can beat England in this T20 World Cup. BUT and it’s a BIG BUT, the game would have to be played on a used wicket in Sharjah. Anywhere else, just hand England the trophy like Chelsea should be handed the EPL trophy RIGHT NOW,” tweeted Pietersen.Jos Buttler smashed his maiden ton before England displayed an all-round performance to defeat Sri Lanka by 26 runs in the Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.England scored 163 in 20 overs and…

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Militancy, sectarian violence engulfs Pakistan after Taliban takeover in Afghanistan

After the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the complexities including militancy and sectarian violence are widely arising in the country, according to a media report. Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan’s government hinted earlier at these challenges, but its voice is muted after what it perceives as its “strategic victory” with the group that it sheltered for long taking power in Kabul. According to Al Arabiya Post, these complexities depend on two factors –one, Taliban themselves encounter more extremist Al Qaida and local affiliates of the Islamic State-Khorasan and other, the Kabul government is unwilling to curb their ideological allies, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).In Pakistan, the Imran Khan-led government is facing challenges from the TTP that are from the Deobandi section of Islam and from Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) that belongs to the rival Barelvi section.TTP is consolidating itself with help from Kabul and the TLP has unleashed…

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Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing to reopen after talks between Pakistan, Taliban

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Khan on Monday said that an agreement had been reached with Afghan authorities to reopen the Chaman-Spin Boldak border from Tuesday, nearly a month after the border crossing was closed for pedestrians and trade by the Taliban, local media reported.“As a result of a meeting between border authorities, Afghanistan and Pakistan have decided to open [the] Chaman-Boldak crossing from tomorrow for pedestrians as well as trade. The two sides will now look forward to ensuring smooth operations of the important border crossing,” Dawn quoted Khan as saying. The envoy said he had recently called on Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and, among other issues, they had discussed the need for opening the Boldak-Chaman crossing at the earliest, ensuring the facilitation of cross-border movement of people and trade vehicles on both sides, especially because it was the…

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Pakistan staring at rationing Liquified Natural Gas due to depleting gas reserves

Islamabad [Pakistan]: As Pakistan is facing an energy crisis, the federal minister of the Imran Khan government has said that country’s government is taking all possible measures to prevent the looming gas crisis.Pakistan is on the verge of a massive shortage of gas and rationing due to depleting local gas reserves and the failure of the Imran Khan government to procure a sufficient quantity of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). According to The News International, energy minister Hammad Azhar on Monday informed that the Pakistan government has arranged 11 LNG cargoes for the month of November.Two LNG trading companies have backed out of an agreement made with Pakistan LNG Limited (PLL) to provide two cargoes for November for mammoth monetary gains of up to 200 per cent profit in the international spot market, according to the publication.The two LNG trading companies had made an agreement…

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T20 WC: Shoaib Malik hails Pakistan’s team spirit ahead of Namibia clash

Abu Dhabi [UAE] : Shoaib Malik has hailed the spirit in the Pakistan dressing room as a key factor behind his side’s impressive start to the ICC men’s T20 World Cup.Wins over India, New Zealand – against whom Malik compiled a crucial unbeaten 26 in the chase – and Afghanistan have put Pakistan top of Group 2 going into Tuesday’s clash with Namibia in Abu Dhabi. A fourth straight win would leave Pakistan with one foot in the semi-finals and keep the feelgood factor going in a squad whose confidence is growing with every passing game.“Morale is high. Obviously, when you win games, the confidence level is quite high in the dressing room. Everyone is looking forward to playing the rest of the games we have left in the tournament,” ICC quoted Malik as saying.“When you start the tournament, the goal is to give…

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